Nick Bromberg

  • Rutgers routs North Carolina in Quick Lane Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 hr ago

    Well, the Quick Lane Bowl went about as was expected for North Carolina's defense. It's just that the Tar Heel offense couldn't keep up with Rutgers' offense as the Scarlet Knights moved to 8-5 with a 40-21 win over UNC.

    If you're looking for an encapsulation of North Carolina's day, just watch this GIF of Rutgers' extra point attempt after the Scarlet Knights' fourth touchdown of the game. Even when North Carolina looked like it was about to do something right it still went awry – make sure you watch the football that was most definitely not blocked.

    Rutgers' quarterback Gary Nova finished with 184 yards passing and two touchdowns (and no interceptions) and opened the scoring with a touchdown pass to a wide-open Andre Patton from 34 yards out.

    But it was the Rutgers ground attack that really gashed UNC. Rutgers finished with 340 yards rushing as Josh Hicks and Robert Martin both had 19 carries. Hicks piled up 202 yards and a touchdown while Martin finished with 100 yards and two scores.

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  • Rutgers players wear NYPD hats on sidelines of Quick Lane Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 hrs ago

    Rutgers players and staff members sported NYPD hats on the sidelines during Friday's Quick Lane Bowl.

    The hats were in support of the two fallen officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot and killed on Saturday by a man whoapparently wanted revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.

    Coach Kyle Flood wore a patch on his shirt earlier in the week. From NJ.com:

    "I'm the proud sibling of a sergeant on the NYPD,'' Flood said. "My brother’s been a member of the force for the last 23 years. He's a sergeant in what they call Emergency Service Unit. They've gone through a tough time over the last week. I thought it was important for me as a family member, for my grandfather who was a member of the NYPD, (for) my uncle, my brother and three of my cousins ... my family is really intertwined with that organization and we live under their protection.

    "So I wanted to support them in whatever way I could.''

  • Mark Richt says Todd Gurley will be entering the 2015 NFL draft

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 6 hrs ago

    Unsurprisingly, Georgia RB Todd Gurley is turning pro.

    Georgia coach Mark Richt said Friday that Gurley would be "moving on" from the school in 2015.

    Todd Gurley is turning pro, Mark Richt confirms. "He'll be moving on."

    Gurley will not play in Georgia's game against Louisville in the Belk Bowl because of a torn ACL he suffered against Auburn on Nov. 16. The game against Auburn, where Gurley had 29 carries for 138 yards and a touchdown before suffering the injury, was his first game back from an NCAA suspension for being compensated for his autograph.

    He missed four games for the suspension after the NCAA said Gurley received more than $3,000 over a span of two years for autographs. When Georgia first received word that Gurley was compensated for his autograph, it immediately declared him inelgible for the Bulldogs' game against Missouri. In announcing Gurley's suspension, the NCAA said Gurley avoided more missed games because of the way Georgia swiftly handled the case.

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  • Military Bowl: Cincinnati's strength vs. Virginia Tech's best asset

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 12 hrs ago

    Military Bowl presented by Northrup Grumman Cincinnati (9-3) vs. Virginia Tech (6-6) Annapolis, Md. Dec. 27, 2014

    No, this isn't a matchup of two former Big East foes.

    Yes, both Cincinnati and Virginia Tech were once in the Big East conference, but at separate times. The Hokies left the Big East for the ACC after the 2003 season and Cincinnati joined the Big East from Conference USA after 2004. The two never played each other as conference opponents and last met not too far away in 2012 at FedEx Field, when Cincinnati (under Butch Jones) beat Virginia Tech 27-24.

    While Jones is at Tennessee now, Frank Beamer is still at Virginia Tech. Beamer, who is coaching Saturday's game from the press box after throat surgery after the regular season, has led the Hokies to 22 straight bowl games including the Military Bowl. Though we'll admit the streak was looking a bit dicey. The Hokies needed two go-ahead scores against Virginia in the second half to make this game.

    While the Bearcats are 70th in the country in rushing yards, the passing attack is No. 13 and is No. 26 in scoring offense. Cincy also averages 6.2 yards per play, which is 27th in FBS.

    Vegas odds: Cincinnati (-2.5)

  • St. Petersburg Bowl: Can UCF get to 10 wins?

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 1 day ago

    Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl Central Florida (9-3) vs. N.C. State (7-5) St. Petersburg, Fla. Dec. 26, 2014

    UCF will be on an impressive streak if it beats N.C. State on Friday.

    The win gives the Knights a third-straight 10-win season. Sure, one of those seasons came in Conference USA and the last two years have been played the AAC. Neither conference is a beacon of college football power. But UCF would be in pretty elite company, and as last year's Fiesta Bowl win over Baylor showed, the Knights can play with the best.

    Though it did take a miracle for UCF to be in position for a third-straight 10-win season. In the final week of the season, UCF traveled to East Carolina for the Pirates' senior night. And it looked like ECU would escape with a win before giving the ball back to UCF with seconds remaining. All of that changed when Justin Holman hit Breshad Perriman on a Hail Mary behind ECU's secondary. UCF had the win and a share of the AAC title.

    Vegas odds: UCF (-2)

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  • The 2014 SEC coaches Christmas party

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    The holiday season brings holiday parties, so we wondered what would happen if the SEC coaches all had a Christmas party. So this is our best guess as to what would take place if all 14 coaches shared an evening together. No, this isn't real. And yes, this is being hosted by Nick Saban.

    *Knock* *Lane Kiffin raises arms in the air after answering the door.*

    Saban: Hugh, you're the first one here. Merry Christmas.

    Hugh Freeze: I'm also the only coach to beat you this season. So I figured I'd arrive early and bring back those memories.

    Saban: That's thoughtful of you. You can give your coat to AJ if you'd like. He's taking coats tonight.

    *AJ McCarron takes Freeze's coat and takes it upstairs.*

    Freeze: Does everyone have a responsibility? It was good to chat with Lane at the door.

    Saban: He's a great offensive mind, and I figured that opening the door would give him a chance to recharge himself.

    *Knock* *Kiffin raises arms in the air after answering the door.*

    Muschamp: I'm still invited, aren't I?

  • Navy beats San Diego State 17-16 in Poinsettia Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Any blooper reel of the 2014 bowl season will be centered around the fourth quarter of Navy's 17-16 win over San Diego State.

    The final 15 minutes of the game featured four turnovers, an incredibly confusing officiating sequence, an odd choice to go for it on fourth down and a missed game-winning field goal that ultimately gave Navy the victory.

    Let's start with the missed field goal. After Austin Grebe put Navy up by a point with 1:27 left, San Diego State got into Navy territory after QB Quinn Kaehler hit WR Eric Judge for a 32-yard gain (Judge was ruled to have fumbled on the play – the fifth turnover of the fourth quarter – but the fumble was overturned). Four plays later, an incomplete pass set up a 34-yard field goal attempt for Donny Hageman, who was 3-3 on field goals throughout the game.

    But on his fourth attempt, Hageman simply pushed it way right from the left hash. Navy got the ball back with 20 seconds to go and SDSU only had one timeout. The game was over.

    Grebe's field goal happened six plays later.

    With the win, the Midshipmen finish the season 8-5. San Diego State ends 2014 at 7-6.

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  • Marshall blows out Northern Illinois in Boca Raton Bowl

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Marshall staked its claim to being the best non-Power Five conference team in the country with the offensive display it put up against Northern Illinois in Tuesday's Boca Raton Bowl.

    The Thundering Herd rolled up 505 total yards against NIU en route to a 52-23 win and a 13-1 record.

    The most potent part of the Marshall offense was, unsurprisingly, the connection between quarterback Rakeem Cato and wide receiver Tommy Shuler as both got to finish their college careers in a way that's a dream for many players.

    The two grew up in Miami and went to Miami Central High School, not too far away from the site of Tuesday's game. They won a state championship there – the school's first – and in a homecoming of sorts, Cato finished 25-37 for 281 yards and three touchdowns.

    18 of those completions were to Shuler, who had 185 yards receiving and a touchdown.

    He also scored twice via short runs in the red zone too. With five scores, Cato finishes 2014 with 48 total touchdowns.

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  • Oregon State hires Utah DC and assistant head coach to same position

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    New Oregon State coach Gary Andersen poached a former co-worker from a new conference rival to fill his defensive coordinator position.

    OSU announced Tuesday that Kalani Sitake, Utah's defensive coordinator, would be the Beavers' assistant head coach and defensive coordinator.

    Sitake and Andersen worked together when Andersen was an assistant coach at Utah. With Andersen, Sitake was the linebackers coach for the Utes and when Andersen left to be the coach at Utah State, Sitake was elevated into Andersen's old position of defensive coordinator.

    He's been the Utes DC for six seasons and has held the title of assistant head coach for the past three.

    This season, Utah's defense was No. 60 in total yards allowed per game and gave up 5.34 yards per play. In the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, Utah held a potent Colorado State offense to just 278 total yards and 10 points.

    In addition to announcing the hire of Sitake, the first Tongan defensive coordinator at the FBS level, Oregon State also announced the hires of four other assistant coaches including Chad Kauha’aha’a, who was Wisconsin's defensive line coach for the past two seasons under Andersen.

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  • President of Florida Bar defends Winston hearing officer after lawyer's comments

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    The President of the Florida Bar has stepped in to defend retired Florida Supreme Court justice Major Harding after a lawyer for the woman accusing Jameis Winston of sexual assault said the code of conduct hearing for the quarterback was biased.

    On Sunday, Harding, who oversaw the hearing, ruled there the evidence was "insufficient to satisfy the burden of proof" that Winston violated Florida State's code of conductin the incident on Dec. 7, 2012. Throughout the entire process, Winston had maintained that the encounter was consensual.

    As part of Title IX regulations, universities are required to investigate accusations of sexual assault. The code of conduct hearing was held earlier in December. Had Winston found to be in violation of the code of conduct, he could have faced sanctions from the university that prohibited him from playing in Florida State's Rose Bowl game against Oregon on Jan. 1.

    Winston was not criminally charged regarding the incident due to a lack of evidence in the case. Civil action could still be forthcoming.